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[Met-jobs] Fully funded PhD position: “Storm Clustering over Europe” (University of Reading, UK and Aon Benfield Impact Forecasting, London, UK)

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Date Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15:24:10 +0000

Fully funded PhD position: “Storm Clustering over Europe” (University of Reading, UK and Aon Benfield Impact Forecasting, London, UK)


Intense extra-tropical storms are a major weather hazard affecting Europe. Under particular large-scale atmospheric conditions, several storms may affect Europe within a short time period, in some cases severely affecting a particular area or country, like the UK and Ireland in 2013/2014 winter. The occurrence of such cyclone families leads to large socio-economic impacts and cumulative losses.


Within the scope of the SCENARIO NERC DTP (, a fully funded NERC CASE studentship is available for the PhD project “Storm Clustering over Europe”. This project is a collaboration between the University of Reading and Aon Benfield Impact Forecasting. Impact Forecasting is Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development centre (, focusing on building probabilistic and scenario risk models that cover a variety of physical perils, including extreme tropical and extra-tropical storms.


This project aims to analyse the large-scale atmospheric dynamics associated with the occurrence of clusters of storms affecting Western Europe. In particular, the representation of clustering in climate models and possible changes under future climate conditions will be assessed. This project will use state-of-the-art climate models to address these questions to enable a better quantification of climate change impacts and associated uncertainties for Europe not only in meteorological but also in socio-economic terms. The project will include extended stays with Aon Benfield Impact Forecasting (London office) and possibilities to interact with key stakeholders in the insurance industry.



Project Description:


Application deadline: 5 July 2015

Interviews: 13 July 2015 (tentative date)


Start: 21 September 2015 or earlier


Eligibility and funding: Full funded by the NERC SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnership and Aon Benfield. Stipend is available to UK and non-UK EU students who have resided in the UK for 3 years of more.


How to apply:


Dr. Joaquim G. Pinto

Associate Professor in Regional Climate and Synoptic Meteorology

Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Phone: +441183785064



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